• The Waltja Tjutangku Palypapayi Aboriginal Corporation with a new car to assist people to connect with culture across the Territory. (Facebook / Waltja Tjutangku Palypapayi Aboriginal Corporation)Source: Facebook / Waltja Tjutangku Palypapayi Aboriginal Corporation
Rather than braving the shopping malls this holiday season, there are plenty of awesome local charities awaiting your generosity.
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NITV Staff Writers

19 Dec 2016 - 6:13 PM  UPDATED 12 Dec 2017 - 1:08 PM

Australia has many amazing organisations who play a crucial role in our community. From contributing toward educational programs to saving the environment, and supporting the performing arts - Indigenous organisations work in a variety of sectors. Get inspired to think outside the Westfield this holiday season.

 

Yirra Yaakin 

Yirra Yaakin, meaning “Stand Tall” in Noongar language, is a not-for-profit theatre company based in the heart of the Noongar nation in south-west of Western Australia.

Since 1993, the company has been fueling the small landscape of Aboriginal-led performing arts and producing contemporary theatre and implements spiritual contemplation, cultural expression and artistic excellence in its works. 

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company creates both, entertaining and educational theatre that has created a lasting contribution to the people of Western Australia, particularly those living in rural and remote areas. It has also acted as a powerful educational tool for Indigenous and non-Indigenous audiences. 

 

Wunan

The word 'Wunan' is the name of a traditional ritual of fair trade and sharing of the Aboriginal people in the East Kimberly.

The Wunan organisation in this region aims to shift the large number Aboriginal people in their community who are dependent on welfare by using the guiding philosophy that Aboriginal success grows from investing in people’s ability, real opportunity, and reward for effort. Wunan focuses on using education, employment and accommodation to strengthen the capabilities of people who are faced with challenges. 

Donations made to Wunan directly benefit the Aboriginal people in the East Kimberley who strive to improve the lives of themselves and their families.

 

Yalari

Yalari is a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from disadvantaged backgrounds and those who live in regional, rural and remote communities.

Donating to Yalari goes toward student costs such as school uniform costs, excursion costs, school supplies and other fees throughout the school year.   

 

Healing Foundation

The Healing Foundation addresses the harmful legacy of colonisation, in particular the history of child removal that continues to affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The organisation aims to help heal survivors and their families by connecting them back to our culture, philosophy and spirit.

This national not-for-profit supports other organisations across the country to design and deliver healing programs that work for their communities.

 

SEED Mob

SEED is Australia’s first Indigenous youth climate network contributing to a movement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people for climate justice with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

It's reported that climate change is one of the greatest threats facing humanity which has given the opportunity to create a more just, sustainable world focusing on strong cultures and communities leading the transition. SEED Mob ensures that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people are supported in having their voices heard in this wide generational movement to solve the climate crisis. 

 

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi Aboriginal Corporation (Waltja)

Waltja Tjutangku Palyapayi literally translates as 'doing good work with families' in the Luritja language. The corporation is governed by a Board of Directors made up of senior traditional Aboriginal women, permanent residents and leaders in the remote communities in the Northern Territory. 

It is an Aboriginal controlled community-based organisation which does "good work with families" using the philosophy of istrong culture and strong relationships. Waltja works in remote Central Australian Aboriginal communities, across nine languages and across more than one quarter of the NT, providing vital programs and projects like caring for elders, money management, disability services and youth support. 

 

Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation

Established by the survivors of Kinchela Aboriginal Boys' Training Home (KBH) - a ‘home’ run by the NSW Government for over 50 years (1924 – 1970) to house Aboriginal boys forcibly removed from their families - the Kinchela Boys' Home Aboriginal Corporation supports former KBH residents in their healing. They address the legacy of physical, sexual, psychological and cultural abuse experienced by the survivors, as well as the intergenerational trauma experienced by their descendants.

Donations go toward keeping the corporation viable, in which Kinchela men can continue to contribute to re-writing the wrongs of Australia's dark history.  

 

Gunawirra

In Aboriginal mythology, 'Gunawirra' means the invisible seed of all creation. As such, this national not-for-profit organisation improves in the lives of Aboriginal families, their infants and children.

Gunawirra’s primary role is to create models of excellence by designing unique, innovative and transformational programs for Aboriginal mother's and children in need that are fully evaluated and empowers young Aboriginal parents. These unique models of excellence allows Gunawirra’s work to be replicated in widening community circles of effectiveness.

Donations to Gunawirra help the organisation directly improve the lives of traumatised Indigenous mothers and children. 

 

Consider helping organisations and charities who are undertaking work in your local area or on subjects that you are keen to support in the giving season. 

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